NASA Daily News Summary For Release: July 2, 1999 Media Advisory m99-134 Summary: -- Upcoming Live

Event: Historic Glenn Mission Helps Explain Solar Mystery, July 8 -- Video File for July 2: Globular Cluster -- Swarm of Ancient Stars ****** HISTORIC GLENN MISSION HELPS EXPLAIN SOLAR MYSTERY, JULY 8 Coordinated observations by two spacecraft during John Glenn's return to space have provided a surprising explanation for a persistent solar mystery: Why does the high-speed solar wind race away from the Sun twice as fast as expected? The discovery will be the subject of a Space Science Update press briefing at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 8, in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Douglas Isbell / Don Savage, 202/358-1547; Contact at NASA Goddard: Bill Steigerwald, 301/286-5017. Full text of the release: If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: ***** Video File for July 2, 1999 ITEM 1 HUBBLE HERITAGE PICTURE: GLOBULAR CLUSTER -- SWARM OF ANCIENT STARS (REPLAY) This stellar swarm is M80 (NGC 6093), one of the densest of the 147 known globular star clusters in the Milky Way galaxy. Located about

28,000 light-years from Earth, M80 contains hundreds of thousands of stars, all held together by their mutual gravitational attraction. Globular clusters are particularly useful for studying stellar evolution, since all of the stars in the cluster have the same age (about 15 billion years), but cover a range of stellar masses. Every star visible in this image is either more highly evolved than, or in a few rare cases more massive than, our own Sun. Especially obvious are the bright red giants, which are stars similar to the Sun in mass that are nearing the ends of their lives. For further information, see: Contact at NASA Headquarters: Doug Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/3384514. ****************************************************** The NASA Video File generally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time, but may be pre-empted by mission coverage or breaking news. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Pam Poe, 202/358-0373. During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: For general information about NASA TV see: ***** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition Information Service Web site:

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